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Re: Wet, but seaworthy
I had always wondered about that particular requirement for this class of ship.
The requirement for all round 0-degree firing ability was such that they could fight at close range in any bad weather/night time encounter - the RN was concerned at how dangerous torpedo equipped ships might be, and medium calibre weapons might not cause enough damage quickly enough to stop torpedoes being launched. They were particularly concerned about torpedo equipped heavy cruisers.
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